What is the challenge?
Nigeria is facing an impending human capital crisis with huge implications. With a grossly under-performing education system that is only able to admit about 26% of university applicants into institutions that are largely ill-equipped to deliver high quality education, the graduate unemployment rate hovers around 36%.
What are we doing about it?
Since 2014, The Afara Initiative has been at the forefront of reversing this negative trend. Recognizing the limitations of traditional approaches in preparing young people to compete and thrive in a fast-changing globalized world, we have developed a model that forges the future we seek. In partnership with universities, our foundational curriculum exposes students to inquiry-based and experiential learning, to develop them into independent critical thinkers with entrepreneurial mindsets. We also help students close the gap between their classroom learning and real-world expectations by providing opportunities for hands-on practice. We then connect them with their global peers and industry experts to broaden their thinking, career options, and access to opportunities and experiences.
In 2021, our objective is to build the foundation to scale our impact - reach more and be more! We intend to increase the number of fellows by c. 300% to 1,000 by the end of the year and then grow even faster in the years to come, reaching 100,000 in 5 years. To do this, we need to strengthen our technological platforms to accelerate our work, increase our cohort size and reach and magnify our impact.
Where do you come in?We are looking for donors, social impact investors and vested partners to support the next phase of our audacious journey and invest in the 2021 Cohort, our largest cohort ever, who have already been selected.
We plan to raise US$1million online and offline over the next few months.
We can't achieve this without YOU!
The time to invest in Nigeria's future is now!
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